Online tutoring is a big thing in education today, but the more traditional home tutoring option is still an option for people offering tutoring services. Some people – tutors and learners alike – prefer it this way. It’s all about personalized service. The thing about online tutoring is that it doesn’t work for everyone, even if it is ideal for most people.
Home tutoring may be the only option for some learners. Examples include people who are falling behind on school or college work because of illness and injury. They may not have a laptop that can be used in bed, or they may not have full use of their hands, which can make the online option, requiring typing, a difficult one.
Some people, and especially some children and younger learners, may not respond properly to remote tutoring via a computer screen. Home tutoring offers the immediacy of face-to-face contact. You can be a tutor with a huge personality, but the online medium can always take the edge off that. There’s something about being in the same room that computers will never be able to replicate. This may be particularly important with children. If the tutor is right there it’s easier to keep their attention and ensure they are not distracted.
Depending on your subject, the online medium can be challenging. If the subject you are offering has a practical component: music, for example), then home tutoring can be the way to go. As the music teacher you can tutor online, telling your student to alter their hand position (or whatever) but it may be easier and more effective to be in the same room where you can take the student’s hand and demonstrate the correct technique.
With all the scare stories around about internet abuse, like bullying, grooming and the like, some parents may be wary of the online learning option for their children. They want to see what they’re getting, in the flesh. Home tutoring is the answer in this scenario.
There’ll always be some people who just hate computers and who want a real person like you in their home, not an impersonal talking head on a screen. You may think that this applies mainly to older people, but there are technophobes of all ages in our societies! Home tutoring is ideal for these learners.
Home tutoring has the obvious downside that you have to commute, with attendant cost and time implications. You will, of course, need to build that into your home tutoring charge, so you won’t be losing out.
If it sounds like a bit of a sweat, think of the benefits. Think of home tutoring as the ultimate personalised service, with maximum convenience for the learners who have enlisted you. Many people offering home tutoring services become like part of the family of the learner they are helping. Your visit could be one of the highlights of the week. Home tutoring may look and sound a tad old-fashioned in the new digital age in education, but it still works.